Mark Herzlich's Return to Football Marks New Chapter in Cancer Survivor's Life Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich said it was a special moment for him just seconds before leading his teammates through the tunnel and out to the field before the Eagles’ season opener on Sunday.

Of course, with what Herzlich’s been through, the light at the end of this tunnel was nothing compared to the shining beacon that he has been chasing for the last year and a half just to return to the game he loved.

The senior linebacker made his return to the gridiron on Saturday for the first time since 2008 after missing the entire 2009 campaign while receiving treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

“To be honest, I got a little emotional,” Herzlich said on Monday’s edition of NESN Daily. “I saw the fans, i knew my parents were up there, my friends from home, it was pretty special.”

And while the occasion may have been special for Herzlich, it may have been even more special for Sister Barbara Anne Hallman, someone who’s spent the last 60 years following Notre Dame — one of BC’s biggest rivals. Herzlich and Hallman met in South Bend, and have developed a bond that both cherish.

“I knew that was his goal and that was his dream, it was like a miracle,” Sister Hallman said through tears of Herzlich’s return. “It meant a lot to me that Boston College made the arrangements to get me out here for me to witness that. It was just beautiful.”

Be sure to check out the video below for much more of Jade McCarthy‘s sit-down interview with Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich.